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Still on the run, Nawaz Sharif alarmed by Biden’s ‘Most Dangerous Pak’ comment

Amid the war of words between the US and Pakistan over Islamabad’s nuclear program, former Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif showed his displeasure with US President Joe Biden’s statement that called Pakistan a “one of the most dangerous nations” in the world possessing “nuclear weapons”. without any cohesion.”

Taking to his Twitter, Sharif, who was ousted from Pakistan in July 2017 on corruption charges, said Pakistan’s nuclear program would in no way pose a threat to any country.

Ironically on his administration’s stance in 2016, Sharif said, “Pakistan is a responsible nuclear state that is fully capable of safeguarding its national interest while respecting international law and practice. Our nuclear program is in no way a threat to any country. Like all independent states, Pakistan reserves the right to protect its autonomy, sovereignty and territorial integrity.”

Recently, at a Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee reception in Los Angeles, US President Joe Biden made remarks that angered Islamabad.

However, in 2016, under the leadership of Nawaz Sharif, the country’s Defense Minister Khwaja Asif repeatedly asserted that Pakistan would use a tactical nuclear warhead against India in the event of war. The statements prompted the United States to order Islamabad to moderate its nuclear program and work to eradicate the problem of terrorism, which Islamabad is sponsoring to wage a proxy war in Kashmir.

Regarding the corruption case against him, Sharif was released on bail by the Lahore High Court on November 4 on medical grounds for a term of four weeks. Subsequently, Sharif fled to London on November 19 in an air ambulance. In February 2020, the Pakistani government declared him ‘a fugitive’ for breaching bail conditions by failing to produce his medical reports regarding his treatment in London.

Moreover, Imran Khan, the former Prime Minister of Pakistan, made similar remarks during the “Kashmir Hour” rally in August 2019. “The world should know that when two nuclear countries clash, the whole world will be hurt”, did he declare.

Similarly, Pakistan’s Minister of Railways under former Prime Minister Imran Khan, Sheikh Rasheed Ahmad, claimed in August 2020 that the country was capable of targeting India with a precision nuclear bomb in a scenario of war.

Pakistan has a long history of nuclear threats against India while interfering in Delhi’s internal affairs. Other instances where Pakistan had threatened a nuclear strike against the nation followed the repeal of Article 370 in the former Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir and, after the announcement of the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) by the Government of India in 2019.